John Cooke to Stephen F. Austin, 12-03-1824

Summary: Land claims. Settlers of San Jacinto glad to be included in your colony.

Buffalo Bayou. Decr. 3rd. 1824

Col. Stephen F. Austin.

Dear Sir,

I embrace the opportune of Mr. John R. Harris, to inform you that I have chosen, (with Mr. Hughes), a situation on the Bay, at a Place Called Red Bluff Point, which is the next, Point, to writers (?) Point towards the Brassos I wish to know if you will grant us a League together or what ever you may see proper to give us. we wish to be together, I am now about sending some hands down to build us a small Cabin, and wish to hear from you by the first opportunity on the Subject, The situation is charming, the land second rate, but very little Timber, and what little there is on it Doctor Hunter wishes to include in his survey, which I hope you will prohibit, as it will give him something like 25 or 30 miles front on the Bay with the Mianders. and will not admit of another settlement between him and Clear Creek,— Mr. Harris will inform you of the situation, of the Place My respects to Mr. Williams and John Austin

John Cooke [Rubric]

P. S. The Settlers are all well pleased with, being included in your Colony and all goes on well. I am done all but one League Surveying and purpose making returns, in about 2 weeks

J. C